MS Tech - Human Resource Development

MS in Technology - Human Resource Development Focus Area

In earning the MS in Technology with a focus on Human Resource Development (HRD), you will complete three required core courses designed to help you understand quantitative and qualitative data-driven decision-making in industry and technology and to develop relevant skills. You will complete an additional 24 credit hours to finish the degree. 

Housed in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication (TLC), the HRD focus offers these graduate courses in online, hybrid, or face-to-face formats.

You may elect to earn the HRD Certificate while earning the MS in Technology with a focus in HRD. If you do so, the relevant courses (marked with an * above) will count toward both the Certificate and the MS in Technology degree.

HRD Graduate Certificate Information

Employment Opportunities

Students completing the MS Technology with a focus in Human Resource Development may work as:

  • Managers and supervisors of workplace learning/training/HRD functions
  • Government employees involved in workforce/career related areas
  • Non-profit HR/HRD training professionals
  • Consulting firm employees
  • Training professionals/specialists
  • Managers and executives interested in expanding knowledge regarding employee development

Degree Requirements

In earning the MST with a Focus in HRD, you will complete courses in two areas: The Core and Related Area of Study as detailed below. 

The MST degree requires three core courses (nine credit hours) designed to help you understand quantitative and qualitative data-guided decision-making in industry and technology and to develop crucial skills in project management. These courses include:

At least six of the remaining 24 required credit hours must come from the Human Resource Development focus area list of courses (see below). If you are also earning the HRD Certificate, its required courses and the Directed Project will count towards the MS in Technology requirements. You may select the remaining credit hours from the Technology Leadership and Communication Department or from other departments with the approval of your graduate advisor. 

  • OLS 50100: Leadership Ethics
  • OLS 51500: Foundations in Human Resource Development*
  • OLS 53010: Mixed Methods Research 
  • OLS 56300: Sustainable Practices in Business & Industry in the European Union
  • OLS 57100: Advanced Project Management in Technology
  • OLS 57400: Managerial Training and Development*
  • OLS 58000: Interpersonal Skills for Leaders
  • OLS 58200: Leadership and Organizational Change*
  • OLS 58300: Coaching and Mentoring in Organizations
  • OLS 59800: Directed MS Project

The MS in Technology has two options: Directed Project or Courses-Only.

Courses-Only OptionDirected Project + Courses Option
  • 24 credit hours of courses. (Eight courses beyond the required core, as listed above.)
  • 21 credit hours of courses (seven courses beyond the required core, as listed above)
  • Directed Project (3 credit hours)

For more information see the graduate program handbook.  


Tuition for TLC Graduate Programs 2020-2021

  • Indiana residents: $471.50/credit hour
  • Non-residents: $632.75/credit hour

Additional fees may apply.  For more information about fees, see Graduate Engineering and Technology (Domestic Students)

Applying for Admission

Apply for Admission to the MS in Technology with a Human Resource Focus if you:

  • Have completed or soon will complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a relate program.
  • Obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Review the IUPUI Graduation Admissions information found on this page
To apply, the IUPUI Graduate Admissions Application can be found here.